HC Deb 20 April 1926 vol 194 c1019
45. Mr. G. PETO

asked the Prime Minister whether he will introduce a provision in the Standing Orders for the suspension of Members salaries, simultaneously with the suspension of their services?


Before the Chancellor of the Exchequer replies to this question, may I ask him also whether, simultaneously with considering this question, the Government have considered the circumstances arising out of the absence of service due to the shift system?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Churchill)

In answering this question, I will at the same time answer the preliminary interpolation of the right hon. Gentleman. The proposal of my hon. Friend is a matter for the decision of the House, and, until the Prime Minister is convinced that it is the general wish of the House that such a rule should be laid down, he does not propose to take any action.


May I take it that that is also the answer to my question?


The greater includes the less.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider it fair that the British taxpayer should have to pay the salaries of hon. and right hon. Gentlemen who have been suspended? [Interruption.]

Lieut.-Colonel WATTS-MORGAN

What about those opposite who come only twice a week, and some who do not attend at all?

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